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UK Shopfitting market report

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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Shopfitting market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

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Covered in this report

The shopfitting market includes a wide range of products and services used in the fitting out of predominantly, but not exclusively, retail establishments. The market involves a variety of skills and products, the majority of which are also utilised in other sectors of the construction industry. These include the production and installation of:

  • internal wall cladding
  • windows and doors
  • raised access flooring
  • suspended ceilings
  • shop facias
  • signs
  • lighting
  • shelving
  • electronic point of sale equipment
  • floorcoverings
  • counters & furniture
  • dressing rooms
  • electronic display equipment
  • heating and ventilation equipment

The requirements of shopfitters depend largely on the sector involved, with specialist work often subcontracted out to non-shopfitting specialists.

Shopfitters typically offer design facilities, although specialist designers and architects who have no in-house production or installation facilities, and the work of specialist, non-shopfitting companies are beyond the confines of this report.

The following criteria are mentioned in the report:

  • bespoke/standard fittings, with bespoke fittings representing custom-made products while standard products are often available “off the shelf”
  • new build/refurbishment, with both sectors offering substantial opportunities for shopfitting companies
  • client sector, with different client sectors having vastly different requirements in terms of fitting requirements, furniture, image and decor
  • materials, which differ from sector to sector, with wood, aluminium laminates and composites the widely specified finishes in the shopfitting sector

The assessment of the market is restricted to that served by dedicated shopfitting organisations. The market size excludes retailers’ in-house work and architects and designers with no manufacturing base. The practice of sub-contracting is widespread in the market. To avoid double counting, estimates have been made concerning the original value of contracts only.The wide range of activities involved in the shopfitting market, from integrated shopfitting contractors to interior designers, hinders a precise quantification of market value. As such, estimates of market size are strongly based on trade opinion.

All values quoted in this report are at current prices unless otherwise specified.

Company Profiles

  • Browmer & Kirkland
  • RG Carter Group
  • ISG
  • Overbury
  • Simons Group
  • Styles & Wood Group

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Terry Leggett, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

The retail sector constantly evolves, and improved asset utilisation is of increasing importance as the continued inroads of e-commerce and disproportionate cost effects of business rates, living wage and workplace pension legislation impacts the bricks and mortar sector. Store closures in some sectors are giving opportunities for new owners, while existing stores are now polarising, all giving opportunity to the shopfitting industry. Terry Leggett
Senior B2B Analyst

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Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
      • Covered in this Report
      • Executive Summary

          • The market
            • Market emphasis changing
              • Figure 1: The shopfitting market, 2014-18
            • Retail sales
              • Figure 2: Trend in retail sales, by type, 2013-18
            • Retail structural changes
              • Figure 3: Net growth in retail outlets, by type, first half of 2018
            • Retail centres – A trend to expansion of leisure
              • Retail banking has undergone long term decline
                • Figure 4: Bank branches by institution, 2007-17
              • New construction
                • Figure 5: New retail construction activity, 2013-17 actual and 2018-22 forecast
              • Market prospects
                • Figure 6: Forecast shopfitting market, 2019-23
              • Companies and brands
                • Strategic frameworks
                  • Combining contracting and professional services
                    • Making an opportunity of e-commerce
                      • Diversification
                        • What we think
                        • Issues and Insights

                          • High streets are changing
                            • The facts
                              • The implications
                                • E-commerce has afforded some limited opportunities
                                  • The facts
                                    • The issues
                                    • The Market – What You Need to Know

                                      • Polarised market
                                        • Refurbishment dominates the market
                                          • Asset maximisation
                                            • Retail disruption
                                            • Market Size

                                              • 2018 – A difficult year
                                                • Figure 7: The shopfitting market, 2014-18
                                              • Conflicting issues in a cyclical market
                                              • Market Forecast

                                                • Slow recovery despite headwinds
                                                  • Figure 8: Forecast shopfitting market, 2019-23
                                              • The Impact of the Economy

                                                • GDP
                                                  • Figure 9: GDP overall quarterly development, Q1 2015-Q3 2018
                                                  • Figure 10: GDP quarterly development, by sector, 2004-18
                                                  • Figure 11: Forecast GDP development, 2018-23
                                                • Household spending
                                                  • Figure 12: Quarterly household final consumption expenditure, 2013-18
                                              • Market Trends

                                                • Food retail structural changes
                                                  • Figure 13: Supermarket numbers, by company, first quarter 2018
                                                • From checkout to self-checkout to no checkout
                                                  • Refurbishment frequency
                                                    • Retail lease lengths
                                                      • The e-commerce channel
                                                      • Market Drivers

                                                        • Retail sales
                                                          • Figure 14: Trend in retail sales, by type, 2013-18
                                                          • Figure 15: Trend in retail store sales by large businesses, by type, 2013-18
                                                          • Figure 16: Role of large businesses in non-food store sales, 2018
                                                        • Retail structure
                                                          • Figure 17: Retail company failures, 2007-18
                                                          • Figure 18: Announced major store openings, 2017
                                                          • Figure 19: Announced major store openings, first half 2018
                                                          • Figure 20: Net growth in retail outlets, by type, first half of 2018
                                                          • Figure 21: Net losses in retail outlets, by type, first half of 2018
                                                        • Retail centres
                                                          • Retail banking
                                                            • Figure 22: Bank branches by institution, 2007-17
                                                          • New construction
                                                            • Figure 23: New retail construction activity, 2013-17 actual and 2018-22 forecast
                                                        • Companies and Brands – What You Need to Know

                                                          • Polarised retail – Polarised shopfitting
                                                            • Figure 24: Breakdown of the wholesale and retail sector turnover, by size of company, 2018
                                                          • Strategic frameworks
                                                            • Combining contracting and professional services
                                                            • Industry Structure

                                                              • Industry development
                                                                • Figure 25: Development of the shop and office furniture manufacturing sector, 2014-18
                                                              • Employment structure
                                                                • Figure 26: Employment structure of the shop & office furniture manufacturing industry, 2018 (number)
                                                              • Turnover structure
                                                                • Figure 27: Turnover structure of the shop & office furniture manufacturing industry, 2018 (number)
                                                            • Competitive Strategies

                                                              • It is all about frameworks with blue chip clients
                                                                • Contracting and increasingly professional services/technology
                                                                  • From the high street to distribution centres
                                                                    • Other diversifications
                                                                    • Company Profiles

                                                                      • Bowmer & Kirkland
                                                                        • Activity
                                                                          • Performance
                                                                            • Figure 28: Financial analysis of Bowmer & Kirkland, 2013-17 (£ million)
                                                                          • Strategy
                                                                            • RG Carter Holdings
                                                                              • Activity
                                                                                • Performance
                                                                                  • Figure 29: Financial analysis of RG Carter Holdings, 2013-17 (£ million)
                                                                                • Strategy
                                                                                  • ISG Group
                                                                                    • Activity
                                                                                      • Performance
                                                                                        • Figure 30: Turnover segmentation of ISG Group, 2017 (£ million)
                                                                                      • Strategy
                                                                                        • Overbury
                                                                                          • Activity
                                                                                            • Performance
                                                                                              • Figure 31: Financial analysis of Overbury, 2013-17 (£ million)
                                                                                            • Strategy
                                                                                              • Simons Group
                                                                                                • Activity
                                                                                                  • Performance
                                                                                                    • Figure 32: Financial analysis of Simons Group, 2014-18 (£ million)
                                                                                                  • Strategy
                                                                                                    • Styles & Wood Group
                                                                                                      • Activity
                                                                                                        • Performance
                                                                                                          • Figure 33: Financial analysis of Styles & Wood Group, 2012-16 (£ million)
                                                                                                          • Figure 34: Segmentation of Styles & Wood Group revenues, 2016
                                                                                                        • Strategy
                                                                                                        • Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

                                                                                                            • Abbreviations
                                                                                                              • Methodology
                                                                                                              • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                                                • Trade associations
                                                                                                                  • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
                                                                                                                    • The National Association of Shopfitters
                                                                                                                      • Trade magazines
                                                                                                                        • Building Design
                                                                                                                          • Building Design & Construction
                                                                                                                            • Retail Property & Development
                                                                                                                              • Retail Week